PaperbackFiction1THE KITE RUNNER (Riverhead, $14). By Khaled Hosseini

An Afghan immigrant returns to his Taliban-ruled country in the hope of atoning for a childhood betrayal.462THE RULE OF FOUR (Dell, $7.99). By Ian Caldwell and

Dustin Thomason. Four roommates at Princeton attempt to unlock the secrets of a 14th-century manuscript.83THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (Vintage, $12.95). By Mark Haddon. An autistic boy digs into a poodle's death, unearthing some dark family secrets.644WHITE HOT (Pocket, $9.95). By Sandra Brown

Sayre Lynch is aghast when she learns of her brother's death -- especially when all signs point to murder.55TRACE (Berkley, $7.99). By Patricia Cornwell

Kay Scarpetta returns to the medical examiner's office to help the new director sort out a young girl's death.86THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES (Penguin, $14)

By Sue Monk Kidd. Three women beekeepers offer an abused girl comfort and a safe haven.367ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99)

By Dan Brown. The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.838WICKED: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE WICKED

WITCH OF THE WEST (Regan, $15). By Gregory Maguire

This riff on the "Oz" tales features a misunderstood witch. 19MEMORIAL DAY (Pocket Star, $9.95). By Vince Flynn

The CIA's almost effortless thwarting of an al-Qaeda attack makes agent Mitch Rapp suspicious.410LOST CITY (Berkley, $9.99). By Clive Cussler with

Paul Kemprecos. A protein found in the ocean's depths, able to sustain life, is key to a plot of world domination.4Nonfiction/General1WHY DO MEN HAVE NIPPLES? (Three Rivers, $12.95)

By Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg. Audacious questions to ask your doctor after that third cocktail.22THE TIPPING POINT: HOW LITTLE THINGS CAN

MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE (Back Bay, $14.95)

By Malcolm Gladwell. A look at fads and their origins.343GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL (Norton, $16.95)

By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the course of civilization.374DRESS YOUR FAMILY IN CORDUROY AND DENIM

(Back Bay, $14.95). By David Sedaris. A collection of witty essays starring the humorist's family.125THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY (Vintage, $14.95)

By Erik Larson. Serial killer H.H. Holmes preys on Chicago residents amid the bustle of the 1893 World's Fair.776THE GREAT INFLUENZA: THE EPIC STORY OF THE

DEADLIEST PLAGUE IN HISTORY (Penguin, $16)

By John M. Barry. The worldwide toll of the 1918 virus.27ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY (Back Bay, $14.95)

By David Sedaris. Autobiographical essays told with an appreciation for life's ironies.288READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor recalls her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.819RUNNING WITH SCISSORS (Picador USA, $14)

By Augusten Burroughs. A coming-of-age memoir chock-full of hilarious and downright disturbing moments.1610BAD CAT: 244 NOT-SO-PRETTY KITTIES AND

CATS GONE BAD (Workman, $9.95), By Jim Edgar

Candid photos of felines acting up and acting out.21HardcoverFiction1LIFEGUARD (Little, Brown, $26.95). By James Patterson

and Maxine Paetro. A Boston boy's promising life in Palm Beach goes to pot after a failed $60 million art heist.62THE INTERRUPTION OF EVERYTHING (Viking, $25.95)

By Terry McMillan. Marilyn Grimes's mid-life angst throws into question her marriage, love life and identity.53CHILL FACTOR (Simon & Schuster, $25.95)

By Sandra Brown. A blizzard strands Lily Burton in a cabin with a man who may be a serial killer.14THE DA VINCI CODE (Doubleday, $24.95)

By Dan Brown. Ciphers and riddles impede a symbologist's quest for the Holy Grail and a killer's identity.845THE HISTORIAN (Little, Brown, $25.95)

By Elizabeth Kostova. Three generations of one family pursue the undead Dracula by means of a medieval book.106THE UNDOMESTIC GODDESS (Dial, $23)

By Sophie Kinsella. After a costly mistake, a star London attorney accepts a housekeeping position in the country.57SWEETWATER CREEK (HarperCollins, $24.95)

By Anne Rivers Siddons. A 12-year-old girl comes of age on her family's modest South Carolina farm.28UNTIL I FIND YOU (Random House, $27.95)

By John Irving. Celebrity actor Jack Burns confronts a harrowing past by tracking down his long-absent father.69THE MERMAID CHAIR (Viking, $24.95)

By Sue Monk Kidd. Jessie's visit to her ailing mother brings surprising confidences to light.2010MATCH ME IF YOU CAN (Morrow, $24.95)

By Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Cupid-for-hire Annabelle Granger aims to help cocky sports agent Heath Champion.2Nonfiction/General1THE WORLD IS FLAT: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (FSG, $27.50)

By Thomas L. Friedman. Globalism's colossal impact.2021776 (Simon & Schuster, $32). By David McCullough

Military campaigns and personal narratives tell the story of the first full year of the American Revolution.123FREAKONOMICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES

THE HIDDEN SIDE OF EVERYTHING (Morrow, $25.95)

By Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner194CONFESSIONS OF A VIDEO VIXEN (Amistad, $24.95)

By Karrine Steffans. The hip-hop video actress exposes her painful past and the gritty side of a glittering industry.85BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING

(Little, Brown, $25.95). By Malcolm Gladwell

The complex psychology behind our snap decisions.326NEW RULES: POLITE MUSINGS FROM A TIMID OBSERVER

(Rodale, $24.95). By Bill Maher. The comedian's political-themed barbs, a staple of his cable show.37100 PEOPLE WHO ARE SCREWING UP AMERICA

(AND AL FRANKEN IS #37) (HarperCollins, $25.95)

By Bernard Goldberg. Targeting the "cultural elite."68THE FAIRTAX BOOK: SAYING GOODBYE TO THE

INCOME TAX AND THE IRS (Regan, $24.95)

By Neal Boortz and Congressman John Linder39ON BULLSHIT (Princeton Univ., $9.95)

By Harry G. Frankfurt. A philosophical primer for detecting the phenomenon in our culture.2010FROM PIECES TO WEIGHT: ONCE UPON A TIME

IN SOUTHSIDE QUEENS (MTV, $23). By 50 Cent

The rap superstar's frank memoir of a violent past. 1 Rankings reflect sales for the week ended August 21, 2005. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2005 by Nielsen BookScan. (Right-hand column of italicized numbers reflects weeks on this list. Advice, reference and self-help books appear on a separate, monthly list.)